Downfall by Terri Blackstock

Emily Covington has turned her life around after a drug addiction, but her family still has trouble trusting her. Though Emily has committed herself to a year-long treatment program and has been sober for almost a year beyond that, even her mother walks on eggshells around her, fearing she'll relapse. After her behavior during her drug years, Emily realizes she has a lot to prove. When police discover a homemade bomb under Emily's car, and she then learns the wife of one of her friends was murdered that same morning, she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why? A conversation she had with two men, an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a plan for a double murder all conspire for one explosive ride ... and Emily is the only one who can identify the killer and save the life of the next potential victim. As she frantically works to solve this ever more complicated puzzle, Emily finds herself playing right into the killer's hands.

Murder mysteries are not generally the genre I read, but I really enjoyed this book by Terri Blackstock.
It's not only a murder mystery you see, there's so much more going on. 
First and foremost is the story of Emily trying to rebuild her life after overcoming a drug-addiction, and her also her mother's struggle with learning to trust her daughter and God. Then there is EMily's younger brother who is beginning to have to fight the same temptations his sister succumbed to years ago. 

Then the murders begin to pile on and suspicion falls on Emily. 
Now here is what I loved about this book. 
Her mother and her brother may be struggling with everything that's going on, but Emily stands firm in her faith in God and in her belief that she is a new creature and He will take care of her. 
How I envied her faith! Especially after all she had been thgrough. Or maybe it was because of all she had been through that she was able to trush the Lord so completely. 
I took a lot from this book. 

The mystery is also greatly written, after all Terri is a master in this genre, and kept me guessing until almost the last page. But, as I said before, the book has so much more to give than an edge-of-your-seat murder mystery. 
It is about trusting God where nothing seems to be making any sense. 
When even your life is on the line. 

Rating: 4/5

I received this book for review from Zondervan.

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